People with PMLD are not being fully included in their communities because local authorities don't have good manual handling policies. Many people with PMLD have moving and handling needs. For example, they may need help to be moved in or out of their wheelchair.
However many local authorities, worried about health and safety law, have banned all their employees from moving or lifting without a mechanical aid like a hoist. As a result many people with PMLD are not receiving the support they need, because mechanical aids are not always available or appropriate.
Mencap believes that:
- local authorities must understand that manual handling can be an important part of personal care and support
- the government must make sure local authorities have good manual handling policies that help protect carers but also enable people with PMLD to have a good life.
Take action now!
- Write to your local authority - if your local authority is refusing to carry out manual handling, you can write to them using our template letter.
- Contact us if your local authority has ‘no manual handling' policies which are restricting the right to dignity and inclusion of the person with PMLD you care for.